I was so glad to see you Website regarding staying long term in France. My family's goal is to simply spend two weeks to a month in France. We are not looking to relocate over the long term. Our family is composed of two kids, ages 7 and 9 myself and my husband, (and possibly my mom).
The goal is to have the kids learn French. I majored in French in college and spent a year in Poitiers. We figure that the kids will be able to pick up the language no matter where they are, so a "prepackaged" tour isn't necessary. We would like to rent an apartment to use as a home base. Then we'd do the zoo, parks, beach, and other sites. We'll need to use public transit, since we don't intend to take our lives into our hands and rent a car.
Do you have any suggestions? Does the Centre des Loisirs (or some other entity) in town offer art/cooking classes? How can we meet other children? Thank you so much for doing your website. I hope to hear from you soon.
Our reply: Thank you for your email.
Firstly you'll have to tie in your visit with the school holidays and possibly better during the Easter or winter break as there are lots of programmes on offer for children in Montpellier.
If you are coming in the summer then better in July rather than August.
It will be difficult for you to get into a Centre de Loisirs being that you don't live here, places are hard to get hold of so they'll take resident children first.
Saying that, there are several courses, yes to cooking, usually only a day or two, like this
montpellier-agglo.com/ actualites/29-octobre-9- novembre-2012-ateliers-pour- les-enfants-au-musee- archeologique-215270.khtml?RH= 1182429673260 archaeology
There are several sporting ones too and again quite a lot to see and do with the family.
Again most need to be booked at least 2 weeks if not a month before.
I hope that helps.